MySpace Members Can Now Skype

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Social networking site MySpace and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider Skype will offer MySpace members free Internet phone calls starting in November.

The two companies said the new service will be available in 20 countries. MySpace users will be able to connect their profiles to their Skype accounts and make calls through their Skype account or the MySpaceIM.

MySpace users will have the option of setting their profiles to "private" so they receive calls only from other users on their friends list. Users will be able to add others to their friends list, and will be able to block calls at any time.

Kyle Brinkman, MySpace vice president of product development, told the AP, "We went to Skype and said we could incorporate your voice engine into our network – we’re not just slapping on an instant messenger client that doesn’t connect to MySpace. It’s not just a stand-alone product offering – it’s tightly integrated into the MySpace experience."

Along with the free calls, MySpace members will be able to select paid Skype services including voicemail, and call forwarding to a land-line telephone or a mobile phone.

Financial terms of the deal were not released, but the two companies are in a revenue sharing agreement. This latest deal could help Skype generate revenue for its parent company Ebay.

MySpace Members Can Now Skype
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